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Columbus Day.

Today commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12th, 1492.  Columbus Day has a long history, and in recent times has become controversial.  If you have some freetime, or find yourself bookless on this Columbus Day, why not learn more about it with one of these books:

Pastwatch : the redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card explores the legacy of Christopher Columbus from the perspective of future scientists, who through the use of time-travel, hope to alter the course of human history.

Pedro’s journal : a voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February14, 1493 by Pam Conrad tells the voyage of Columbus through the eyes of Pedro, a ship’s boy on that fateful journey across the Atlantic.

Freedom Beyond the Sea by Elizabeth D. Crawford.  This story follows a Jewish girl, who in order to escape the Spanish Inquisition, disguises herself as a boy and stows away aboard a ship.  But, she soon finds out that that ship is heading into uncharted waters, searching for a new route to India, and the Captain of that ship is Christopher Columbus himself.

And finally,  You wouldn’t want to sail with Christopher Columbus! : uncharted waters you’d rather not cross written by Fiona Macdonald, and illustrated by David Antram.  This non-fiction book explores the oft overlooked, and not-so-pleasant side of Columbus’ voyage.  From scurvy, to the dangers at sea, from survival in a foreign land, to the treatment of the Native Indians, this book is packed with information, illustrations and facts.

So, just like Columbus did 520 years ago, why not set sail for your local St. Louis Public Library, and discover something new?

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